Twitter doesn’t agree on much, but there’s no doubt that many users think this three-episode series is aptly named: the Woodstock ‘99 music festival was a trainwreck!
TRIGGER WARNING: Article contains mentions of sexual assault, victim-blaming, and rape
If there is one thing viewers took away from watching Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99, it is that the event was pure chaos. There was an escalation of the chaos to new heights that the viewers did not expect, and some of the chaos was straight-up meme-able.
Gas tank explosions, $12 bottles of water, multiple rapes, people washing in mud that was actually shit (and drinking water that was also contaminated with shit)… the new Netflix doc Trainwreck: Woodstock 99 really is a lot to unpack pic.twitter.com/y6dIM7l4gq
— Jess Hardiman (@Jess_Hardiman) August 3, 2022
Woodstock 99’ stage manager:
‘Hey they’re setting the place on fire, can you tell the crowd to calm down?’
Anthony Kiedis: ‘Best I can do is play Fire by Jimi Hendrix’.
— iLeonD (@iLeonD) August 5, 2022
bush watching korn on the woodstock 99 monitors knowing they’re up next pic.twitter.com/7Opmu1u8ww
— john 🎾 (@mexicanwilddog) August 4, 2022
The guy running Woodstock ’99 pic.twitter.com/o37riC4Ii6
— Carlos Adama (@Carlos_Adama) August 8, 2022
Me: “This cannot possibly get worse”
Producers: *hands out 100,000 candles*#Woodstock99
— ✨Brian✨ (@DaftBrian) August 3, 2022
— Silly Chili (@SteamBake) August 3, 2022
Me watching the Woodstock 99 doc: “Alright, this is out of control. The mayhem is too much.”
Woodstock 99 every five minutes: pic.twitter.com/XGqA3DhoL2
— Nick Simon (@Nick_JSimon) August 4, 2022
What the world would look like if Limp Bizkit had not played Woodstock ’99. pic.twitter.com/BZ9mGCqQFk
— For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. (Baby is dead.) (@LeHarrumph) August 7, 2022
One reaction to the documentary on Twitter was viewers commenting on how sexual assault and rape, the disrespectful treatment of female attendees, and the prevalence of white male privilege was brushed under the rug, particularly by some of the organizers of the festival interviewed in the series.
If the #Woodstock99 doc teaches us anything it’s that:
– it takes <2 days for a group of white dudes to go full Purge
– not one person booking that festival had ever heard of Korn or Limp Bizkit until they were already on stage
– mass sexual assault is still seen as a footnote
— Caroline. (@ChemicaChemica) August 7, 2022
Watched the #TrainwreckWoodstock99 documentary on Netflix and maybe it’s just me but I can’t help but think the numerous corroborated reports of sexual assault and rape deserve more than four minutes of dismissive discussion at the end of Part III.#Woodstock99
— Tom (@tdnightingale) August 3, 2022
Every time Woodstock 99 is profiled in a documentary I am reminded of how real white privilege is. Black people could not have gotten away with destroying a whole ass festival and walking away free.
— ˢᵁᴹᴹᴱᴿ ᴿᴱᴺᴬᴵˢˢᴬᴺᶜᴱ 🎶🎧 (@HeySunchallaJ) August 3, 2022
— Nana⁷ 🌹 poet | Artist (@KimNana_95) August 4, 2022
Watched the Netflix Woodstock ‘99 docuseries last night and I gotta say that interspersing dozens upon dozens of uncensored images of topless women being assaulted with only brief, passing discussion of the prevailing cultural attitudes that led to such instances was…a choice.
— Slavic the Hedgehog (@the_ns) August 4, 2022
Watched the @netflix documentary on #Woodstock99 and dear god, the amount of victim blaming and turning a blind eye to the abuse and assault of women made me so angry.
Fantastic documentary about a festival that could have been so amazing, but greed ruined it, like most things.
— Selina Kaur P. (@SelinaKaurP) August 3, 2022
The festival was 23 years ago, and many of the attendees now lead regular, adult lives, distant from the events. Some Twitter users recognized familiar faces in the festival footage!
imagine watching the woodstock 99 documentary and seeing your mom or dad butt naked high off LSD covered in shit water and mud
— kultureland organizer (@DijahSB) August 8, 2022
Just put the Woodstock ‘99 Netflix doc on, and… is that THE MIZ? pic.twitter.com/3e9RWRI5iZ
— Cheapus. (@AyDeeEffHaitch) August 3, 2022
MY THERAPIST IS IN THE WOODSTOCK 99 DOCUMENTARY PASSED TF OUT OMFG NO FUCKING WAY I LOVE THIS MAN
— maria (@iamjucie) August 8, 2022
Expose documentaries about controversial companies, individuals, and events have been trending on streaming services. Viewers are wanting more information from the Woodstock ‘99 series and other expose documentaries as well.
The @netflix Woodstock ’99 doc needs a 4th episode dedicated exclusively to the festival’s public health failures & outcomes: poop water & mud, trench mouth, lack of sanitation, emergency/disaster medicine, sexual violence & health, herd mentality, large-scale trauma/PTSD, etc.
— Elizabeth Yuko (@elizabethics) August 4, 2022
I’m disappointed with Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99. It is a perfunctory documentary – it ticks the boxes of what a documentary technically needs, but doesn’t do any further work than it has to, then in the last minutes of it, drops a bombshell, gets a few statements, and ends.
— C.J. (@CrazeeJay) August 8, 2022
I live for the exposé documentary trend. Give me allllll the tea. Playboy? Victoria’s Secret? Woodstock ‘99? I don’t care. I need to know everything
— wreckno (@wreckno) August 8, 2022